iMac 2009 27" CPU Upgrade

Discussion in 'iMac' started by BrandonFrisby, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. BrandonFrisby macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2012
    Hello, everyone.
    Quick question for those brave souls among you with experience in the matter:

    In upgrading the i5 in the Late 2009 iMac to an i7, I've seen nothing but great success going from the 2.66ghz i5 750 to the 2.96ghz i7 870.
    I have a 3.06 i7 880 on hand.
    Any reason this same exact upgrade wouldn't work, moving from my i5 750 to my i7 880?

    Much appreciated!
  2. BrandonFrisby thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2012
    No info?
    Could have sworn people have done this surgery before.
  3. BrandonFrisby thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2012
    Well, today is it; doing the operation myself, gonna figure it out the hard way!
    I'll post pictures and updates once we finish.
  4. y2kc macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2010
    Any updates on this? I'm considering upgrading my late 2009 iMac i7-860 to an 880. Going to be installing a new Samsung 830 SSD, Seagate 3tb for data, and 32gb of ram this weekend. I've had my iMac for almost 3 years now, and it's the longest I've ever owned a computer probably. It's still fast as I need, just figured I'm upgrade while I can and prices have dropped.
  5. servus macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2012
    did you succeeded? if so, a geekbench and a screenshot of your preferences would be nice! thank you!
  6. wmy5 macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2012
    upstate NY
  7. y2kc macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2010
    Yes, I actually did succeed. I used the Corsair Mac Memory (2) 8gb x 2 kit at 1333mhz. Luckily it booted up and used the 1333mhz speed. Small increase in geekbench. I also removed the optical drive and installed the Samsung SSD 830 256gb there and replaced the original 1tb hard drive with a the 3tb drive. Everything is faster, and much quieter thanks to replacing the noisy 1tb hard drive. Install wasn't bad at all using all the guides that are available on the web. I don't think I'm going to tackle the processor upgrade, the extra few hundred mhz won't be worth it to me I don't think. I'll get some screenshots together when I get home.
  8. h4lp m3 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2011
    New Orleans

    Am I understanding this right, or did you mean to type 2.93ghz?

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